Where I grew up, there are a lot of almond orchards so that influenced my cooking a lot. Also, I have a huge sweet tooth!
My favorite things to cook
Thats a hard one.. I make a killer veal and love to bake chocolate moose cake.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom always makes clam chowder for Christmas, the best in the world if I do say so myself..
My cooking triumphs
For awhile I worked at Canigilia Original Restaurant, in Omaha as a pastry chef but quit because I got pregnant.
My cooking tragedies
Ha, funny thing to ask. I just ran out of my kitchen in a rage of fury, because I accidentally added garlic powder instead of powdered ginger. oops! (but FAR worse things have happened.)